Archives for July, 2014

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” -Dr. Seuss For almost a year now, you’ve all been sending in your questions and suggestions to me, and I’ve been picking my favorite one of the week for Ask Ethan, our weekly Q&A series.…

“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.” -Winston Churchill There’s plenty to learn about, to see and to discover when we look out at the Universe today. From the leftover glow from the Big Bang in the microwave to the hundreds of billions of galaxies and…

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” -Golda Meir If you’ve never seen the glorious, athletic spectacle that is Sasuke (Ninja Warrior), you are missing out on…

The Two Faces of the Moon (Synopsis)

“When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” -Frank Borman, Apollo 8 You’ve…

“When someone demands blind obedience, you’d be a fool not to peek.” -Jim Fiebig But sometimes, it’s the wonders of the Universe that peek out at us from behind the intervening gas and dust that would block the light from them otherwise. This week’s deep-sky object for Messier Monday — Messier 9 — has the distinction of…

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” -Bob Riley But we all have our heroes, for a myriad of reasons. Perhaps it will serve you to think of them as you listen to Dropkick Murphys singing about the Heroes From Our Past. But heroes exist…

“I have no faith in human perfectibility. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active — not more happy — nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.” -Edgar Allan Poe It’s been quite a fun-filled week for thinking about science and the Universe…

“One has to be an optimist; one has to hope that somewhere there’ll be new measurements to be made and that they will open up new vistas for us theorists to play with.” -Jim Peebles It was one of the most hotly contested questions for decades: we first expected and then found supermassive black holes at…

“Some prophecies are self-fulfilling But I’ve had to work for all of mine Better times will come to me, God willing Cause I can’t leave this world behind” -Josh Ritter Sure, many of us have dreams of leaving this world at one time or another. How wonderful it would be to leap from one giant…

“What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” -Werner Heisenberg You might think there are few sacred quantities when it comes to matter: properties that are so fundamentally inherent that even the weirdness of quantum mechanics can’t touch them. But the quantum nature of the Universe will have none…